In the sidebar (at the bottom if you are on your phone) I put 2 new handouts from the other day. It might help to print them so you know if the king we are reading about is from Judah or Israel now that we have a divided kingdom. Print whichever one works for you:
If neither of those work for you: I like this one too-
Click here to print: (I like them all!)
1 Kings 15 v:1-24 only
Look below: this is interesting! This is a common view of the Bible. This is JUST the Kings from Judah. None of them were good from the side of Israel. So track along (I will repost this visual as we read about them). For the life of me cannot remember the names so I keep this visual on my computer screen as a read:
As we read today (2 Chronicles gives more detail) we will see why the line graph moves up from Rehoboam to Abijah and significantly higher for Asa.
- 1 Kings is in Blue
- 2 Chron is in Red
Abijah- v.3 “He committed all the sins his father had done before him; his heart was not fully devoted to the Lord his God, as the heart of David his forefather had been.” (All the kings will be compared to David. David may have sinned many times BUT he never worshipped any other God than the Lord). So why was he better than Rehoboam? v.5-5 Don’t you know that the Lord, the God of Israel, has given the kingship of Israel to David and his descendants forever by a covenant of salt? Abijah is referring to the Davidic Covenant in 2 Samual 7. He is talking to Jeroboam and saying “You idiot! Don’t you know you have split yourself off from the line of the Covenant, God will take his hand off your people, you even let ANYONE become a priest, even if they are not a Levite…that’s horrible”.
Asa– v.11 “Asa did what was right in the eyes of the Lord, as his father David had done. 12 He expelled the male shrine prostitutes from the land and got rid of all the idols his ancestors had made.” ……v.14-14 Although he did not remove the high places( only the ones in Judah), Asa’s heart was fully committed to the Lord all his life. (this was his mistake, he did not remove the pagan altar’s) v.11-11 Then Asa called to the Lord his God and said, “Lord, there is no one like you to help the powerless against the mighty. Help us, Lord our God, for we rely on you, and in your name we have come against this vast army. (You can see why on the line graph he moved up to the GOOD section.) BUT….not Revival….why? He did not fully trust the Lod in what he JUST said-16:2 “Asa then took the silver and gold out of the treasuries of the Lord’s temple and of his own palace and sent it to Ben-Hadad king of Aram, who was ruling in Damascus. 3 “Let there be a treaty between me and you,” he said, “as there was between my father and your father. See, I am sending you silver and gold. Now break your treaty with Baasha king of Israel so he will withdraw from me.” WHY MAKE A TREATY?? AND WHY GIVE THEM THE CONSECRATED TEMPLE GOLD? Oh Asa….close but no cigar.
Kings can be confusing so I hope this helped as we picked off the first 2. Good Stuff…I could have cut and pasted all of 2 Chronicles!! Use your visuals! If you want one in color, but don’t have a color printer, let me know, I will mail you one.